Does volunteering look as good as paid work on applications?
- xfilesfanLv 72 months agoFavourite answer
It depends on the kind of job you are looking for and also the kind of volunteering you have done.
If you are a teenager applying for your first job, or you’re a social worker who volunteered as the director for a nonprofit to benefit homeless youth, your volunteer experience could be pretty valuable.
In most professional jobs, relevant professional experience is more valued than volunteer work. E.g. my employer would hire a nurse with 2 years of ICU experience long before they’d consider a new grad who volunteered at the local children’s hospital for 2 years.
Ideally, a strong candidate would have both paid/professional experience and volunteer work.
- 2 months ago
Absolutely! It shows you put forth the effort, learned skills and have experience.
- Raymond L.Lv 42 months ago
No. but it does county for something for sure.
- MattmanLv 62 months ago
Yeah, only to gain experience.
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- David 14Lv 72 months ago
No. Sorry. It's not the same as paid work.
- KatieLv 62 months ago
Yes it does - all of my interviews for paid jobs have been purely on my volunteering roles.
- babyboomer1001Lv 72 months ago
- KyleLv 72 months ago
there are companies and organizations that do their own work with community service and encourage employees to do so. that is also a good bullet to put on your resume especially if it's between job gaps. you can still network, earn other responsibilities in volunteering like you can with a regular job that companies will find value in.
- PearlLv 72 months ago
i think it does
- JudyLv 72 months ago
Worth putting down, and some potential employers will consider it as good, many will consider it but not as strong as paid work.
- SlumlordLv 72 months ago
Probably not quite as good, but possibly. The experience may not be as good and the hours might not be as full, but it does show a measure of caring and its better than doing nothing.